In honor of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia observed on May 17, we share with you fashion designers that proudly call themselves queer, create both clothing and space for a multitude of identities without regard for societies sexual preference and gender identity.
Representing the needs of the trans community, Gogo Graham creates garments by the trans community for the trans community. Her collections are customizable in that it’s pieces are easily mixed and matched all the while maintaining its true inspiration and real because of Graham’s backward way of production in which she garners inspiration for the clothing by her Trans models even before sketching the garment.
Angie Chuang is an independent NYC-based genderfluid, high-end streetwear brand. Found on the forefront of the slow fashion movement through mindful production practices and a focus on functionality. Genderless at its core, the line offers new perspectives on traditional silhouettes. Each piece draws from art and architecture reinterpreted into color stories, textures and an innovative design approach.
Eric Schlösberg’s line is locally made in New York.“The thing is, I do everything myself, out of pocket,” the 28-year-old says while on a break from his retail day job. “I have no investors at the moment; it’s not something that I’ve ever really wanted.”
Redefining the new “normal”, his collections have been the talk of New York’s fashion scene. “I want the person who puts it on to feel outrageous and fabulous and to get that empowerment from the clothing,” he says. “But at the same time, I also don’t want them to be uncomfortable as soon as they leave the house.”
NiK Kacy is a fashion line inspired by the fashion needs of both its founder and the larger LGBTQ community. NiK Kacy, who identifies as gender-fluid, queer and trans, designed their first collection of “masculine of center” gender-neutral shoes in order to provide a solution for the on-going problem of individuals unable to purchase men’s styled shoes due to limitations in sizing set by the shoe industry based on gender. Their first collection, named “Fortune”, consists of 5 classically masculine looking styles, now modernized with colorful contrasts and re-proportioned to fit those who identify in whatever spirit they deem fit.
Anji Becker is the designer and founder behind We Are Mortals, a gender-free brand made in downtown Los Angeles.
In 2015, We are Mortals created a series of video interviews on the topic of gender which then evolved into a line of fashion-forward streetwear created for both genders and the gray area in between. Their debut collection “The Future Has No Gender” established the brand as a leader in the genderless fashion movement; receiving substantial press attention and involving the artistic community and its perspective. New MORTALS designs have recently shown in New York and Paris for their upcoming collection “Fluid”.